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Part time position based in Canberra
Salary: $100,000 – $120,000 (pro rata) 


The Philanthropy Relationships Manager is responsible for fostering a growing, engaged CSO philanthropic community. This includes building relationships with key donors, developing and implementing philanthropy programs and campaigns and increasing philanthropic giving. 

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Philanthropy Relationships Manager will be responsible for meeting income, retention and growth targets. The Philanthropy Relationships Manager will work in close collaboration with staff responsible for external relations, marketing and communications, event management, artistic planning, orchestral development and ticketing.

This is a part-time position (22.5 hours per week – negotiable).


The Philanthropy Relationships Manager will assume responsibility for the development and implementation of the Philanthropy Program Roadmap, in alignment with external relations strategy and the CSO artistic vision. 

Implementation of the roadmap will include:

  • Managing donor relationships

    Proactively steward and develop relationships with current donors and long-term CSO supporters. This includes developing individual giving programs, coordinating consistent donor acknowledgement and managing donor requirements and expectations.
  • Driving fundraising initiatives

    Drive philanthropy and fundraising initiatives in alignment with the CSO strategic framework and artistic vision. This includes planning and implementation of the annual CSO Fundraising Gala, End of Financial Year appeal and other bespoke events and campaigns in collaboration with staff responsible for external relations, marketing and communications, event management, artistic planning and ticketing.
  • Identifying new philanthropy opportunities

    Identify and engage prospective donors through the CSO’s community of partners and supporters, and other philanthropic trusts and foundations.

    Develop new philanthropic initiatives, including a CSO bequest program.


The Philanthropy Relationships Manager will be required to engage with CSO donors and other stakeholders at CSO events and performances and therefore cannot hold a performing position with the CSO.


This role requires exceptional interpersonal skills, creativity and attention to detail. 

Our ideal candidate has five years’ experience in philanthropy management or a similar area of work, with demonstrated expertise in relationship management.

Experience in the not-for-profit and / or arts sectors, an understanding of marketing and communications principles and an interest in orchestral, classical and art music is desirable. 

To apply, provide a CV and one-page cover letter outlining your experience and suitability to the role to Rachel Thomas, CEO, via Enquiries welcome.

Applications close COB Monday 19 April




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